Anne Marsden Thomas MBE
Anne Marsden Thomas MBE

Biography

Anne Marsden Thomas is an organist, organ teacher and author of 20 books.

 

She founded St. Giles International Organ School in 1992 and directed it until the Royal College of Organists (RCO) adopted it in 2012.  The RCO employed her as Head and Senior Teacher of the organ school until 2016; during this time she increased the number of RCO accredited teachers from nine to twenty-three, and, when she left, some 250 students were taking individual tuition with RCO accredited teachers.  From 1996 to 2016 she directed an annual residential summer course, first for the Royal School of Church Music and from 2008 for the Royal College of Organists.   This summer course regularly attracted 75-80 students from all over the world.

 

Anne teaches organ at The Royal Academy of Music, both in the Junior and Senior departments.   Since 2006 she has taught the LRAM course, which trains those wishing to qualify as organ teachers.

 

She has been Director of Music at St. Giles Cripplegate Church, City of London, since 1982. The church has three mechanical action pipe organs.

 

Anne gives private organ lessons at St. Giles Cripplegate Church.   She has taught hundreds of students over the last 40 years, with many of these students continuing into the music profession.  She has wide experience of examining grade examinations and diplomas.

 

Although she no longer gives organ recitals, her concert and teaching work has taken her to the USA, Canada, Japan, Europe and all over the UK and she has made several commercial recordings. 

 

In addition to her 20 books, she has published many articles for organists and their teachers, including a long-running series ‘Anne Marsden Thomas’s Organ Lessons’ published in both Church Music Quarterly and The American Organist.   Oxford University Press will publish her new 2-volume keyboard skills tutor, ‘Graded Keyboard Musicianship’, written jointly with Dr. Frederick Stocken, in Spring 2017.

 

Anne was awarded the MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours 2015 for 'services to organ music'.

 

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